Darrynane (In the Sun) by Jack Butler Yeats

Yeats painted the ordinary things of life, but saw them in an extraordinary way, leaving it to the viewer to construe the meaning.


Oil on canvas
23 x 36 cm
Acquired in:
Bequeathed by:
Norbert & Greta Magnus through The Art Fund

His style became more strikingly personal in the mid 1920S, when landscape for him became a vehicle for introspection, and he tended to choose views for their emotional and historical associations. This view is preoccupied with the prevailing light rather than with the landscape per se, recalling, perhaps symbolically, a particular moment when the sun shone. He takes the lemon yellow in the sky, and reflects it onto the sea, which is pierced by black rocks jutting out from the grey of the water. Darrynane (In the Sun), with its gleaming wreath of floating sun, is one of the small precursors of the great visionary views of his late period, which are figurative, and where man and earth share emotion together.


Sir Hugh Beaver; Victor Waddington gallery; Norbert and Greta Magnus.

Venue details

Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens, Belfast County Antrim BT9 5AB 028 9044 0000 www.nmni.com

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibition with National Art Pass

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed Mon (except on Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Mondays)